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Ramadan: Sultan asks Muslims to look out for new moon

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja
01 April 2022   |   4:01 am
As Muslims prepare for Ramadan, the Sultan of Sokoto and president of the Nigerian Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged Muslim faithful to look out for the crescent...

As Muslims prepare for Ramadan, the Sultan of Sokoto and president of the Nigerian Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged Muslim faithful to look out for the crescent, which signals the beginning of Ramadan immediately after sunset today. He also appealed to traders to neither hoard food products nor unduly hike prices of consumer goods during the period of the fast.

In a statement signed by the Director of Administration at NSCIA, Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, the Sultan noted that if the crescent is sighted by Muslims this evening, then the Sultan would declare April 2 as the first day of Ramadan. If the crescent is not sighted today, then, April 3, becomes the first day of Ramadan.

Abubakar said one of the special activities during Ramadan is Tafsir, which is meant to enlighten Muslims, on the treasures of the Quranic messages, adding that the Tafsir sessions therefore should be devoted to preaching inter and intra–religious harmony, peaceful co-existence, promotion of good citizenship, neighbourliness and good governance.